This short silent black-and-white film shows the groundbreaking for
Washington State University's CUB (Compton Union Building), held on at
noon on Sunday, May 29, 1949. That year's commencement ceremony was
held 90 minutes later, explaining why everyone is robed.
Among those present are state governor Arthur Langlie, college president
Wilson Compton, and Jim Warren, chairman of the College Union Promotion
committee. In the background can be seen the old water tower located
to the east, and the TUB (Temporary Union Building, formerly a gym and
armory) located to the west.
This is digitized from 16mm film held in the WSU Libraries' Manuscripts,
Archives, and Special Collections, accession 2004-09, id number L406.
Also on the reel but not included here are several minutes of
commencement proceedings, and several minutes of a Memorial Day military
review. The film was originally taken by the WSC Photo. Dept.